About This Website - Marijuana Legalization: A Bad Idea
The controversy that surrounds the legalization of marijuana for recreation use and the harmful impact on society continues to be a topic of debate. This website will provide you with sufficient factual information on marijuana that will help you make your own informed decision on this important issue. Thank you for caring and taking the time to become more informed. Is marijuana really harmful as well as addictive? What are marijuana's negative consequences to society? What would be the impact if marijuana was legalized for recreational use? How does a person counter the argument of the pro marijuana legalization lobby? NOTE: We will be periodically updating and adding information to the website. Please visit again.
Top 10 Reasons NOT to Legalize Marijuana
10. It Would Still Be Illegal - In July 2011 the federal government reaffirmed marijuana as a Schedule I substance; i.e., no accepted medical use and high abuse potential. Therefore, its possession and use remains a federal crime. Since federal law preempts state law, marijuana would still be illegal in Colorado.
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Marijuana Legalization: The Issues
PURPOSE OF DRUG POLICY?
Question: Before we discuss marijuana, can you give me a crash course in drug policy?
Answer: That's a great place to start. Too many people express opinions about drug abuse without understanding the basic factors involved in drug policy. In this country, drug policy includes enforcement, prevention and treatment, all working together for a common purpose.
Question: Why should government care whether people use drugs?
Answer: Because of the devastating social, human and economic damage caused by drug abuse. Civilized society has a responsibility to protect its citizens by regulating harmful substances that potentially places the individual and others at risk. We enact laws that regulate products from foods to explosives. The more harmful the product the more restrictive the regulations and laws. A few examples include drunk driving, possession of explosives, lead levels, child labor, seatbelts, and speeding. Drugs can be very harmful particularly to the vulnerable youth, where drug abuse often starts.
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Colorado Marijuana - In The News
Marijuana Lobby - "Spin" vs. the Truth
Spin: "Taxing marijuana like alcohol and tobacco would result in millions of dollars in additional tax revenue for vital services, such as our schools, which have faced millions in budget cuts over the past few years"
Truth: Marijuana, like alcohol and tobacco, would be taxed and generate revenue. However, what they fail to mention is that tax revenues from our two legal substances, alcohol and tobacco, cover less than 15% of the economic costs due to use of these substances. That includes healthcare, treatment, lost productivity, criminal justice costs, traffic crashes and fatalities and drop-outs, to name just a few. It is reasonable to conclude that the figures with marijuana use, if legalized, would mirror those of alcohol and tobacco.
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Parents and Educators
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Marijuana Does Not Cure Cancer, FDA Warns
Medical marijuana can be useful with respect to several health conditions. Many ongoing researchers were able to find the benefitting effects of medical marijuana. Some of these researches also focused on the role of marijuana in the treatment of cancer by combating the growth of tumour cells. Though it has been found useful for other purposes, it specifically does not have the potential to cure cancer. This has made the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to bring down all the companies who have made claims that their products containing the ingredients of cannabis have the ability to cure cancer.
Warning letters have been issued by the FDA against four different companies that are known for selling products with cannabidiol (CBD) claiming that the ingredient has a potential for treating or curing cancer, as per the statement released by FDA. CBD is one compound seen in marijuana. This compound is slightly different as compared to the other form of compound in marijuana called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is because CBD does not result in any psychoactive effect, unlike THC.
CBD is available in the market sold by these companies in several different forms. Some of them are lotions, syrups, capsules, teas, and oil drops, as per the FDA.
The four major pharmaceutical companies, who received the warning letters by FDA due to their unsubstantial medical claims, have been selling marijuana products that are available in more than 25 different types. These companies are Stanley Brothers Social Enterprises LLC, That's Natural! Marketing & Consulting, Natural Alchemist, and Green Roads Health, as per the FDA.
These companies have made different types of claims with respect to their products.
They claim that their product has the ability to combat cancer cells and tumour. Other statements included that the anti-proliferative properties of CBD have the potential of inhibiting cell growth and cell division in case of cancers of certain types to curb the tumour's growth. They also advertised that CBD is effective against cancer causing cells which also includes breast cancer.
The FDA had issued a statement mentioning that the products sold by these companies haven't been proven as effective or safe which makes their unsubstantiated claims a violation of one of the laws called the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has struck these four major pharmaceutical companies hard with their warning letters. Now, the production and manufacturing of products containing cannabis and claiming to have positive effects in curing cancer will be considered illegal.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner, mentioned in his statement that the products containing marijuana will also be treated similar to other products if they do not make claims that are unproven like cancer tumour shrinkage. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would not be entertaining the marketing of any such product that come up with claims that are baseless, as per Gottlieb.
He also stated that the market has several effective therapies against cancer. When people start marketing products illegally that does not deliver benefits as established, it takes people away from the authentic products that have shown proven signs of anti-tumour effects for extending lives.